Players ride over the UK
POLOCROSSE: There's few better feelings in sport than beating the elite on home turf and that's exactly what some Stanthorpe polocrosse players have achieved.
In the lead-up to the Adina Polocrosse World Cup in Warwick from April 22-28, the UK World Cup team arrived early to prepare, opting to take part in Cunningham Club's annual carnival at Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve, west of Warwick.
The club, which is represented by Stanthorpe's Melissa Kerr and Brenton Schnitzerling, took the chance to take on the Brits and came away with some bragging rights.
"This was our first carnival for the season and we had the UK World Cup team there,” Kerr said.
"Due to some family knowing some of the UK players, the club put together some horses for them so they could play as a bit of a warm-up.
"They played in the A-grade mixed competition. We were lucky enough to play them first up Saturday morning ... we actually got a win against them.
"It was a bit of a surprise.
"We didn't expect to even come close to them but I think we beat them by five or six goals.”
The visitors then won their other two games, and Cunningham won their remaining ties, so the pair met again in a final.
"It was a very close contest. They actually ended up coming out winners by only two goals,” Kerr said.
Obviously a little dirty from their initial loss, the UK side put on a strong performance.
They did have an advantage of sorts though.
World Cup sides have eight to a team. The standard carnival play only six on six so the UK side was able to inter change two of its players in and out, unlike Cunningham.
Polocrosse is in the blood for Kerr, having played for more than 20 years.
"My parents actually met at polocrosse. Both my parents played, my husband Bill plays,” she said.
Kerr and her husband will be in Melbourne next week, missing the bulk of the World Cup.
"Australia plays their first game on Monday so we'll see that and hopefully be back for the finals on Sunday,” she said.